Tag Archives: IOS

Of Maps and Men: is Apple relying on us to fix the iPhone 5?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

As a long-time Apple Fanboy, I’ve done my fair share of preaching from the book of Jobs. But since He passed away/ascended into heaven, many people have been wondering if Apple can continue to delight the world with groundbreaking products. The iPhone 5 was a crucial test for the new leaders of the world’s most valuable company. So far the results have been less than …

Tags: apple crowdsourcing google Google Map IOS iPhone iPhone 5 microtask OpenStreetMap waze


Designed intelligence: how experts can help the crowd

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

What is wisdom? It seems like a simple question, but as any Dungeons and Dragons player knows, there is a difference between wisdom and intelligence. Legendary D&D creator (and awesomely named dude) Gary Gygax explained the distinction: Intelligence is noticing that it’s raining. Wisdom is putting up an umbrella.

The wisdom of crowds effect has been on a turbulent …

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When crowdsourcing goes wrong: Lessons in crowd control

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

If the Discovery Channel ever makes a documentary called When Crowdsourcing Goes Wrong , I suggest you watch it. I say this partly because, as you probably know by now, our industry is full of eye candy. After all, there’s no better way to tone up for summer than working long hours in front of a monitor and near continuous travel. Even more compelling, however, is the fact …

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Can crowdsourcing be used as a tool for evil?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

A recent interview on Daily Crowdsource with Manuel Cebrian (you might remember him from such groundbreaking crowdsourcing projects as 2009’s DARPA Red Balloon Challenge and last month’s Tag Challenge) about crowdsourcing and crime got me thinking.

It occurred to me that the Joker from The Dark Knight may be the first ever super-villain to use crowdsourcing for his …


Journalist vs. microworker: a fair fight?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

I’m about to share a shocking revelation. Seriously, sit down and hold on to something. Ready? Here goes: astonishingly, it turns out that a professional journalist who has worked for the New York Times and charges hundreds of dollars per article, can write better than freelance microworkers who charge $0.1 to $14 per task.

The man behind this “newsflash” is …